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they gave us the presents we'd been given for their nephews. there was christmas on television with all the commercials and christmas at the stores and in school. and at church. everywhere we went, there were presents and even was making christmas for us. when you get older, you realize it's people like you who make christmases and the grown-ups do the most to make it christmas. i'm so lucky because my queen makes a great christmas. merry christmas tonight to everybody who watches "hardball." that's "hardball" for tonight. "countdown" with keith olbermann starts right now. which of these stories will make the "countdown" favorites of 2010? it was the year of health reform. >> the bill is passed.
>> and the year of the bush tax cut extension. >> it's tempt ittiing not to negotiate with hostage takers unless the hostage gets harmed. >> and in between all that, there were tickle parties. >> now they're saying i groped a male staffer. yeah, i you did. >> chilean miners were restored to the surface of the earth. and american honor was restored to this man. 2010 was the year of the wikileaks and the year of the witchy leaks. >> i dabbled into witchcraft. i never joined a kof coven. >> one congressman told bp he was sorry. >> and the tsa was feeling other things. how do we feel about generosity of 2010?
among the things of which we know, "countdown" favorites never back down. >> i will not apologize for my town tonight. >> there is no religious litmus test for any "countdown" favorites. >> john mccain has not talked about my muslim faith. >> and appearing on the program -- even if you get my name wrong -- can sway the judges. you are a big sport for joining us here. >> first of all, neil, it's great to be here. >> prepare to get animated. quit plucking that chicken. hide your musical instruments and set your hash tags to stun. i was -- >> have you used a keyboard before? >> "countdown" favorites of 2010 starts now. good evening from new york. tonight, a "countdown" special then. the most important events of the
final year of the first decade of the new millennium. or as the folks in marketing won't let us call it, stuff we liked. there was, of course, no lack of events to choose from. event that inspired us, events that moved us. events that appalled us. events that moved us forward and backward. though they may have felt anti-climactic at the time, given how much energy was spent on them beforehand, this year saw not one but two events historians will look back on as defining moments for our country. president barack obama ended combat operations in a war that changed us perhaps as much as it did iraq. begun with a lie by a president bound and determined to go to war regardless of the truth, 4,430 americans died in iraq. 179 brits, 139 people from other countries. no one knows how many iraqis. maybe 100 mour oo100,000, maybe. iraq no longer a buffer against
iran. america damaged beyond calculation overseas and at home. president obama drawing it toward a close hopefully. u.s. troops leaving iraq, leaving behind 50,000 in a support capacity. u.s. armed forces no longer mounting its own combat operations in iraq. combat fatalities still occurring monthly. now, however, down to single digits. the fatality rate, one-tenth of what it is in the war mr. obama chose to ramp up. based on the premise that securing hammed karzai as the president of afghanistan will somehow make us safer. but if ending one president's mistake will put 2010 in the history books, so will a visit that no other president managed to achieve in 100 years of trying. president obama, after one of the most bruising, protracted national political debates in recent memory, secured in writing, in law for the american people, the right to health insurance. tens of millions estimated to join the ranks of the covered. the deficit projected to be reduced as a result.
the right to health care, however, still an elusive one. also still elusive, sanity and common sense in governing wall street. mr. obama passing financial regulatory reform, giving consumers an agency for protecting them. failing to restore the depression era fire walls that once protected the nation from the short term, high-risk profit taking that broke our economy. the administration got beat up from both sides for being too tough on bp, for the explosion of its oil rig that killed 11 men, slimed the gulf of mexico and shut down entire industries there for months. natural disasters struck in haiti with an earthquake and at home in tennessee, which clamored for attention during flooding there. we lost some of our favorite people this year. young men whose careers never transcended their beginnings and legends who redefined typical hollywood careers by lampooning holiday and themselves in the very same movie. in this news hour, some
favorite things managed to mix a little bit of hollywood and a little lampooning with our bread and butter, politics. the absurdly false claim that president obama is secret muslim cried out for lampooning. we did our best to oblige. >> the muslim-ceded toddler, engineered the divorce of his own parents to prevent people from learning that his father was muslim. in his book, obama claims that his father was no longer muslim. instead, portraying him as something much more popular with americans, an atheist. obama still claims not to know whether his grandfather was sunni or shiite. but he sure looks sunny. to keep up appearances, obama cleverley violated his islamic faith whenever he could, fooling everyone by never going to mecca. the plan was working perfectly.
but there were clues for those willing to do the incredibly hard work of seeing them. as a radical muslim youth, iran and islamic journal that tral translates as harvard law review. islam allows men to take a number of wives. and that's what barack obama did. the number he picked was one. and a woman with an arabic name, michelle robinson, who insists on wearing a burqa. his favorite team, the chicago bulls, who just happen to play in the same division as the milwaukee bucs, whose arena just happened to be known asa the mecca. coincidence? then what about his legislative agenda? he openly practices chicago-style politics. just like the taliban does.
extending benefits for the unemployed, including muslims, expanding health care for all, including every single muslim in the country. unless already covered by employer health care plan. to this day, president obama continues to refuse to bomb not just one but many muslim countries. he even refuses to close his secret tropical paradise safe haven for muslims, just 90 miles from america's shores. obama nearly let the cat out of the bag on several occasions, openly attacking a long-time christian leader, thanking his co-conspirators for keeping his secret secret. >> john mccain has not talked about my muslim faith. >> outlining his dream of an islamic america.
>> we'd be one of the largest muslim countries in the world. >> and bragging about how much he's done already. >> we are no longer a christian nation -- there is a mosque in every state in our union. >> if few seem to care that obama is america's first secret muslim president, it might be due to the popularity of america's first openly muslim president who won america's heart by turning the white house into a virtual mosque. >> this is the fifth year in a row that it's been my honor to host an ishtar in the state dining room. the revelation of god's word to the prophet mohammed in the form of koran.
>> it's a national obligation to assist one's neighbor when they are in need. >> and outlined his master plan to make america more islamic. >> i've asked young americans to study the language and customs of the broader middle east. >> he proudly announced their replacement. >> for the first time in your nation's history, we've added e koran to the white house library. >> islam is peace. >> the year's biggest political story was the midterm elections. not just the year's biggest story but as john boehner said, an historic said. much more than a muslim, atheist
communist becoming president. it was preceded by a great deal of tea party energy. scott brown winning in massachusetts almost a year ago now. glenn beck restoring america's honor, one weekend before returning to the air waves to complain about america's lack of honor. inspiring fellow comedians to hold a meeting of their own. intimidating the obama administration to give in, even when it cost innocent bystanders their job. tea partiers' commitment to their private reality led them to swear off interviews with actual reality-based news out lelts. one of our favorite things was the interview with tea party favorite sharron angle. >> sharron angle, you are a big sport for joining us here. >> well, first of all, neil, it's great to be on your show to talk about this campaign. >> let's start with those remarks that you made to carl cameron from fox.
i was thinking he may have missed what you meant. that interviews are for letting voters see how you handle yourself on the fly, under pressure. that's the whole point of an interview, right, for the voters? >> the whole point of an interview is to use it, like they say, earned media, to earn something with it. i'm not going to earn anything from people who are there to badger me and batter it -- you know, use my words to batter me with. >> that would explain why you've been doing interviews with fox rather than interviews in front of the audiences that real journalists get, right? >> well, in that audience, will they let me say, i need $25 for a million people. go to sharonangle.com. >> name but we will. would you like to say it again on fox? >> i need a million people to send me $25 at sharronangle.com.
>> can you say harryreid.com. >> sharronangle.com. >> how did you get into the race? did god call you to run or prepare you? maybe the word isn't prepare. equip you. >> you know, when god calls you, he also equips you and doesn't just say, today you're going to run against harry reid. there is a preparation. when you read the bible, you can see that prep totory time. moses, paul, even jesus had his preptory time. my preparation began on the school board. >> you said that god equips you. and you talked about the role jesus plays in your life. how have they helped in your campaign? >> they began to remake our website. they said, you know, you're pretty wordy, sharron. i say, that's one of the
benefits of electing me as a u.s. senator. i'll be able to lead a filibuster. >> now, stop me on this one if i'm wrong. as a u.s. senator, you would be in the business of creating jobs. that means that you would -- >> as your u.s. senator, i'm not in the business of creating jobs. >> of course not. who wants a job when you can get unemployment. >> you can make more money on unemployment than you can going down and getting one of those jobs. >> of course, unemployment benefits aren't the only problem. deficit, mortgages, the economy has become a major threat to the american way of life. as a strong republican, what do you suggest we do about this awful economy? >> water-board the economy. >> we're almost out of time, mrs. angle, or should i say senator-elect angle. this interview went so well, i can't believe i'm really saying this on television, but sharron angle, i love you. >> i love you too. >> and yet she lost. those who did not lose in 2010,
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we've often been overwhelmed by the generosity of "countdown" viewers. why this year was no different, it took multiple forms. from your response to a family's home burning to the ground to the shocking revolution that the state of arizona was running something that looked like an actual death panel. there is the truly magnificent work of free health clinics around the country literally funded by "countdown" viewers. what might be called the fire of
the year. it was burning as firefighters watched because the crannics failed to pay their $75 subscription fee. the hands-off recklessly minimal approach represents the worst of government services. after several appearances on "countdown," the cranick's agreed to let "countdown" viewers to help and you did. gene cranick telling us everyone is doing okay. the national association of free clinics serving thousands of people in need. nearly $3 million has been raised by "countdown" and msnbc viewers to date. this year, you funded two free clinics. one in hartford, connecticut, it drew 1,000 patients.
many patients had not seen a doctor for years. 61% of the people were employed but you have no access to health insurance. in new orleans, a milestone. the national association of free clinics treated its 10,000th patient in connection with these events. let's not forget the doctors, nurses and other volunteers who donate their time and skill to make these clinics such a success. there is governor jan brewer of arizona. her decision to deny organ transplants to 100 citizens amounted to a gop it death panel. this helped the national transplant assistance fund-raise more than $150,000. as we continue to feature the very real people at risk. >> can you explain with this platform available to you, randy, explain to governor brewer why it's so important to fix this and not to wait until january when some of the
legislators want to bring it up again? >> it would be great if that was the case. if somebody could sign something, do whatever, so that the funding would be there for me to get my heart. as i understand it, the state's out of money. i understand that. and i'm not looking for somebody to invent money for me or money where there's none available. but i would love to see if some of the wasted money out there in government -- you see it every day. i'd love to see some of that redirected into a program like this. >> the governor still insists that transplants, even lung transplants, like the one you have been denied are optional. what do you say to that, especially when you hear that word optional? >> it's not like going to dairy queen or something. i think i'll take this. huh-uh, this is life or death. optional. if you need it to save your life, you've got to have it.
>> we don't know what is going to happen. we want to have another opportunity. i hope that -- i know that this is national news. and i hope that somebody it -- we hope that somebody is going to get another liver for my husband. >> they put you on the list in april and in august you get the letter telling you you would no longer be covered. can you give us some sense of what that letter felt like to receive? >> yeah. i got the letter. it was incorrect, the letter that we got. they said they weren't going to cover my liver transplant, which would be great. i'm not asking for a liver transplant. but it was tough. it was tough because from april to august, i really got to talk to a lot of transplant survivors and a lot of people that just said how you amazing they feel after transplant. and the life they get to life
after transplant. being able to hike and do all those things. it got me really excited to know that i was going to be able to get my new lungs and do things that i've never done. to hear that was absolutely devastating, to know that -- i mean, i wasn't going to get it. >> this year, as we understand it, you've been hospitalized 11 ni times in over 11 months and they also laid you off from your job. if you do not get that transplant, what happens such. >> i will die, keith. >> i'm sorry, when you hear that $50 million of federal money was given to state prisons in arizona instead of, say, $45 million to state prisons and 5 million to organ transplants so people like you don't get knocked off this list, how does that fact make you feel? >> it hurts me. because there's people out there, not just me, but other
web. as if it is so vitally important to know what everybody else is doing and thinking at every possible moment. i obviously have yet another way to communicate since i have my own tv show, more importantly a blog. late in the summer of 2008, i even signed up for twitter. then i suddenly thought, i think i might accidentally give a lot of people my e-mail address so i blinked. i'm still adjusting to the idea of cable tv. i used to believe in brownies and evaluatilves. tonight, i will type out my very first tweet. before that, john will answer all my questions about it. twitt eter began with i a messa from one of its co-found residence residenceco-founders. the next thing you knew, people had followers. like i always thought people were following me anyway. why add tonlg paechnology to pa?
tonight i'm taking another swing at it. there's my you twtwitter page. here's my address,@keitholbermann. as you saw right now, those are not tweets, the sounds of crickets. joining me now, as promised, humorist and twitt eter expert, john hodgeman. >> i'm sorry, i was updating my twitter feed. i apologize. seven followers already. you're doing well. >> this is like speaking before birth or having people listen to you before birth. 240 followers. the cat is out of the bag. why do i want to do this? >> i can only speak for myself. >> please. >> i enjoy twitter because i can ego maniac. it amuses me. it's like being able to pass a note simultaneously to it everyone in class. and the class sometimes grows to
be the size of a small town or country. >> there you go. >> for me and lots of people who use twitter, it's essentially having your own broadcast television show for the very few of us who do not already have their own cable television show. for now we have twitter. >> thank goodness it's changed. i would be raising plants. what do my potential followers, my growing crowd, what do they want to know? >> twitter is an intimate medium. one of my followers asked me to ask you about showing your cornell degree again. i think they would like to know what you're wearing on your feet right now. but they want you -- with all writing, you have to always tell the truth. you have to be honest. you might want to tell them, for example, about the green room here. and how chris hayes had an ice sculpture of his head and chocolate fondue fountain.
i don't know why that happened. could be because you booked me so late. >> i didn't know we had a green room. should i tweet during the commercials? if it so, what? >> if you choose to. you shouldn't tweet more than you feel like tweeting. a lot of people are yelling at you that you're yelling that you tweet too much and an equal number that you're not tweeting enough. one of the great things about twitter, you get to encounter this whole high mive mind and c collective. there are a percentage of people always yelling at you. you need to know this right away. >> it matches the rest of my life completely? only those people are in management. mac or pc? >> i'm a mac user myself. twitter is good on any platform. you can use your iphone or ipad.
myprototype. >> i saw that on "the outer limits." >> me and sarah palin have one. >> oh, lord. with two minutes left in the show, i suppose i should do this. would it be appropriate to apologize for not being involved previously? should i acknowledge that i didn't -- like, i -- >> have you used a keyboard before? >> yes. i type with one finger. this is true. >> i'm going to beat you. i am going to beat you. >> i'm doing the whole thing. belongs to the ages. >> it came out, i'm going to bear him. >> in the interim, i got disconnected from the msnbc thing. >> do you need barbecue joint recommendations? my followers would be happy to help you. that's one of the great things about twitter. >> 8:58:43, it's out. yes, there it is.
see, i give up, i was wrong. young and foolish. now my twitter-cot belongs to the ages. behold, i tweet. >> do try to improvise in the future. >> do i have to wear a hat while tweeting? >> a tweet hat? it's recommended. >> i don't get a separate device other than that hand you described, the tweet hand. >> you can use it on any platform whatsoever. >> i have to get a platform? >> or a mortarboard hat that can serve as a platform. >> i got that when i got my degree at cornell. >> see there you go. you're already serving your audience. the main reason that you have to twitter is because maddow is doing it. >> 2,651 followers. >> you can spend the whole next show just watching that. >> i need to boost my ego. john, great thanks.
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high art, masterpiece and cable news are generally not found in the same sentence. in october, there was a kwernlence of those things on this very program. at the an online auction in october, a stradivarius violin sold for 3 apost$3.6 million. what does napoleon's old violin sound like? fortunately, the winning bidder agreed to appear on the show. before it was all said and done, a world famous octopus would be
done, guviewers were left stunn. >> anikiko were join me with this violin she brought at auction. may i? >> of course. >> can you splay it from the -- what -- >> oh. >> do you play any other instruments? >> oh my god. >> it's okay, folks. stunt violin. we always keep a spare in the office. luckily for all of us, she unveiled the real instrument. let's say her playing was better than their acting. >> i've done enough of the jim gray/lebron james act of setting this up. what are we going to hear from this $3.6 million instrument?
you're saying to yourself, what about the dead octopus, well, you don't have a world famous violinist and her $3.5 million violin and ask her to just play one song. she was good enough to record a second song for future use. a few days later, we sound a fuse for requiem for a cephalopod. >> paul the prognosticating octopus is dead. it was not all happy times for paul. death threats, allegations of photo-shopped results and the pressure to pick the home town germans to go all the way, all of this weighed on paul. he never let it show.
he touched our hearts. if you bet along with him, you got your wallets touched too. he died as he lived, in a sea tank in germany. he is survived by his caretakers at the aquarium and sally the sea horse and dick the gold fish. paul was 2 years old. time marches on. you have small children sitting too close to the television right now, please move them back. the worst and perhaps loudest political speech of the year. his name is phil davison. he's not apologizing for his tone -- next. [ male announcer ] this is steven, a busy man.
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imagine for a moment fdr delivering a fire side chat while coping with anger management issues. lincoln yelling the gettysburg address. perhaps then you will have a better appreciation for this next "countdown" favorite. view it not as one man's personal tirade/interpretive dance. his name is phil davison. he is seeking the nomination for stark county treasurer. considering he did not apologize for his tone, perhaps it's best to watch his speech from another room. >> ladies and gentlemen of the stark county republican party executive committee, good
evening. and thank you, not only for your attendance but you for allowing me the opportunity to speak. my name is phil davison. and i am seeking our party's nomination for the position of stark county treasurer. on november 10th, november of 2010, excuse me. in terms of my background, i am from the village of minerva, where i am serving my 13th year of elected service as a minerva council member. in terms of education, i have a bachelor's degree in sociology, a batch lachelor's degree in hi a masters degree in public administration, and a masters degree in communication. in terms of elections across stark county, i have represented our party twice on the county
ballot in both the primary and the general elections. when i ran for stark county clerk in 1996 and stark county commissioner in 2000, and i will not apologize for my tone tonight. i have been a republican since i was good, and i have been a republican since i was bad. albert einstein issued one of my most favorite quotes in the history of the spoken word and it is as follows. in the middle of opportunity -- excuse me, in the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity. i'm going to repeat that so i have clarity tonight. in the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity. this is the opportunity we've been waiting for. the stark county treasurer's office is a mess.
it is in dire need of structure and guidance. and now is the time to it seize this opportunity, with an aggressive campaign and even more aggressive campaigner. if nominated tonight, i promise each anda every person in this room i will hit the ground running, come out swinging and end up winning. let's send a message tonight to the people of stark county and to the people of the stark county democratic party. we're tired of business as usual. drastic times require what? drastic measures, yes. who said that? thank you. drastic times require drastic measures. we will not tolerate incompetence and irresponsibility and longer.
now is the time to snap the democratic strangle hold on the treasurer's office in two. i harken back to what my friend alex just said. he ran against the treasurer in 1996. it was a problem then, it's a problem now. infestation. politics is not touch football. politics is winner take all. it always has been, and it always will be. if nominated tonight, i want to develop and expand my campaign for what i believe is the greatest strength of the stark county republican party. and that is its people. i believe in the axiom that all politics is local. and because of this, i want to
harness the thoughts and ideas that individuals in our party have. concerning stark county and its political subdivisions. and use that to its fullest extent. knowledge is power. let's tap into this knowledge and use it as a tool to win the treasurer's office. let's use this knowledge, not only as a tool but as a weapon. we must win this election. if nominated tonight, i will win this lakelection. i'm going to say that again. if nominated tonight, i win. tell your friends, tell your neighbors. tell randy gonzalez. i'm coming. both barrels, guns loaded. i believe in the entities and the principles of the national republican party, the state of
ohio republican party and the stark county republican party. and if nominated, i will not hide those beliefs on my march to victory on election day you. if nominated tonight, i can guarantee with 100% certainty what you are seeing from me tonight that everybody else outside those doors will get over on the next eight weeks. i used to be an idealistic thinker. i am now a pragmatic thinker. politics is about winning. tonight as a candidate seeking the republican nomination for position of stark county treasurer, i humbly ask for your votes. thank you. >> saddedly, mr. davison lost his bid. as did christine o'donnell, whose ideas about sex turned out to be a gold mine for our friends at next media, animation and apple daily next. [ male announcer ] together we'll make her holiday. that's why only zales is the diamond store. where you'll pay no interest if paid in full by january 2012.
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seemingly fully grown from the ground that is hong kong. the newspaper is in hong kong. the computer is in taiwan. just as we were going to begin to wrap-up the year with a tribute to cg geniuses, real life, nonanimated news comedy came to us like an unexpected thanksgiving turkey from sarah palin and the complicated issue of which korea this this country supports. first apple daily and the man who made them famous, eldrick woods. [ speaking foreign language ]
>> that one was called, woods, broken windows at night to save his wife, crash. shady husband. but there was even more animated delight as each mistress/exotic daerns/waitre daerns/waitress/nightclub hostess came forward. this is a voiceover in english. >> tiger woods is facing the bis challenge in his life. there is a third alleged lover. she was a very influential person of the city. the relationship happened when elin was pregnant. they were seen publicly. woods was also seen in the vip room of the bar with girls on either sides and hands up their
skirts. lover jamie grubs not only bragged to friends but played the voice mail. >> can you please take your name off the phone. my wife went through my phone. >> that was received as an anonymous phone call. >> she was [ bleep ] my husband. >> it wasn't all fodder. you don't need to know much about this "wall street journal" story except rupert murdoch appears in his original form. [ speaking foreign language ]
and there's form eer jetblu flight attendant steven slater. the exits are here, here and grab a beer. >> what the [ bleep ]? what the [ bleep ] [ bleep ] [ bleep ]? >> wee! the only thing missing from this apple daily treatment of brett favre's cell phone seduction, crocs. [ speaking foreign language ]
>> the jets theme song. research documentation of what happened to gop moderates this year. they got run over by the tea party. highlights include a karl rove gone berserk. and christine o'donnell telling one young man, you keep doing that, you're going to go blind, kid. [ speaking foreign language ]